The first is for Sensational Haiku Wednesday (yeah, it’s Saturday, I know!), and the second was written for my friend Kelly’s blog but never posted. This is also posted at my poetic hearth, Poets United.

Peace be with you all. Amy


Red leaf shivering
ready to drop to fertile ground
Life cycle complete


FOR EVERYONE, so they may understand what some call “crazy.”


I am one of the “other-minded”
We filter truth through a lens tinted by our mood
or lit by the fullest moon
to create art, to fulfill our promise

Who else will capture the infinite loneliness
of the slab mattress in the suicide ward?

The blurred visions of panic in a grocery store,
surrounded by cardboard people
blithely stuffing their carts with Cocoa Puffs?

Who else will bear witness to
the undulation of one’s naked self in a mirror,
mesmerized by the sheer loveliness reflected?

Who but we have days we celebrate
for their sheer boredom
Walking the fields of home
while ceiling-gazing in midcity?

We endure darkness, yet we bathe in
the glorious light that follows

We stumble, then venture down a path
the “sane” would never dare.

Our words, our artwork,
our songs and poems
breathe both bleakness and dizzying victories;
improbable stories of
real people they’ll think we made up
(if only it were so…)

We are labeled misfit toys
but we dance on the edge
of a rolling coin
that never comes to rest

© 2010 Amy Barlow Liberatore/Sharp Little Pencil